Faculty of Law

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Law
OfferedCity (Melbourne) First semester 2015 (Day)


For postgraduate Law discontinuation dates, please see http://www.law.monash.edu.au/current-students/postgraduate/pg-disc-dates.html
For postgraduate Law unit timetables, please see http://law.monash.edu.au/current-students/course-unit-information/timetables/postgraduate/index.html
Previously coded as LAW7056

Quota applies

Postgraduate programs are based on a model of small group teaching and therefore class sizes need to be restricted.


The unit examines the competition provisions of the Australian Competition and Consumer legislation. Topics to be discussed include the rationale and objectives of competition law; mergers; misuse of market power; anti-competitive agreements; exclusive dealing; resale price maintenance; penalties and remedies; authorisation and notification.


On completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. apply knowledge of, and understanding of recent developments in relation to Australian competition law with creativity and initiative to new situations in professional practice, including assessment of when conduct substantially lessens competition;
  2. investigate, analyse and synthesise complex information, problems, concepts and theories in relation to the legal principles which govern Australia's competition laws and the competing schools of thought on the objectives of competition law;
  3. conduct research in competition law based on knowledge of appropriate research principle and methods;
  4. use cognitive, technical and creative skills to generate and evaluate at an abstract level complex ideas and concepts relevant to competition law; and
  5. to develop awareness of the role of law in regulating and facilitating commercial transactions.


Class participation: 10%
Research assignment (3750 words): 50%
Take-home examination (3000 words): 40%

Workload requirements

24 contact hours per semester (either intensive, semi-intensive or semester long, depending on the Faculty resources, timetabling and requirements)

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